Why Internet is Slower Than What Advertised by ISP & Speed Test

The Internet is awesome, and I just love it. However, one thing which i think nobody expects telecom companies like is – “Slow Internet Speed.” Recently one of my blog readers asked me a question. She asked, “why my internet speed is slower than the speedtest.net results?“.

Internet speed test results can make a lot of mess. After you test your internet speed, you may find that – you are not getting the speed which you are paying for or the speed that your internet company has advertised to you. So, here in this post, I have tried to answer here question and solve this mystery of slow internet and the huge difference between those two.

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Reason Why Your Download/Upload Speed is Slower than Speed Test Results and Advertised

Why Your Internet Is Slow

After testing your internet speed, you may notice a pretty huge difference between the speed shown on the speedtest.net results and the actual download speed which you are getting. You can also find that you are not getting the speed which your ISP told while advertising their internet plan.

First of all, I would like to tell you that “Slower than advertised internet speed” is completely normal. You will not get the exact speed of your plan. The internet speed is not constant, and it keeps going up ad down by around ±20% with passing time. However, even then also you will see a huge difference between your speed. So, why is that happening?

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Frankly, you get the speed what you pay for (in most of the cases). I do not say that every internet company is great, and they always keep their promises. It’s just the fact that you don’t know how internet speed is measured. You measure your internet speed it in the wrong way. You have to understand how internet speed is measured; it is crucial.

The Internet speed is calculated in Kbps, and your download speed is shown to you in MB/s, these two are different. Only the people who have studied computer science may know this, So if you are a beginner who does not have much knowledge about computers, then you might don’t understand what the difference between these terms.

mb to mb conversion

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MB means Megabyte and mb mean Mega Bit. These two are two different units of data. The conversion of MB and mb is – 1MB=8mb. That means if your internet speed is 8mbps then you will get the download speed of 1MB/s. Ultimately These two means the same thing.

So, if you see 16Mbps download speed in your internet speed test results, then your internet download speed should be 8Mb/s (±20%).

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My Conclusion

Now that understand why your internet speed is different from speed test result; I hope you will not fell cheated next time when you will get the download speed of 3MB/sec while your ISP advertised you would get 25Mbps.

It is just how the data units work, and Internet Companies use this to their advantage. Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts. Moreover, share this post on social media with your friends.

I'm a self-proclaimed geek and Founder of Most Useful Tricks. I love building "USEFUL" internet sites, read books and play guitar. Being a one man army, I am currently working hard to make this one of the top tech blogs of the World.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Geek you may be, but you’re evidently not well versed in spelling and grammar. Ever tried using the various built in assists on your iPad/PC/Mac ?
    You should give it a try. Maybe then , those of us who don’t know much about computing may be more inclined to believe ( decipher?) exactly what it is you’re trying to tell us?

    • Oh… these are some harsh words.

      But, Thanks for commenting. You see i’m not a native english speaker, But these days i’m learning it. So, you can expect good grammar from me in the future.

      PS. Yeah i have tried Siri but i don’t like it that much and can’t use it for writing blog posts.

      Regards

      Sagar

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